Australia’s general election campaign is heading for a close finish, raising the possibility of a second prime minister in less than two months.Julia Gillard became the country’s first female PM in June after an internal power battle deposed Kevin Rudd as the Labor Party leader. Senior party officials decided his growing unpopularity could cost Labor a second term in power.
Ms Gillard immediately changed some key policies and called an early election to capitalise on her honeymoon period.
But opinion polls have predicted Labor will lose seats to the Liberal/Nationals coalition.
Liberal leader Tony Abbott has surprised many pundits by running a disciplined campaign, free from the gaffes and outspoken language for which he is well-known.
Mr Abbott, who was born in London to Australian parents, returned home as a child and later trained to be a Catholic priest.
His name, his religion and his right-wing views led to him be dubbed, “the Mad Monk”.